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How to Manage Through Disruption (subscription required)

One of the challenges of being a CEO is that you rarely are asked to choose between a wrong or right answer. Instead, chief executives are often presented with two "right" answers, but one is slightly worse. Strategy, after all, is about tradeoffs – choosing where to focus. At the strategic level, picking a slightly better option can create tremendous value. Pick the slightly worse one and the consequences can be far reaching.

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How CEOs Can Manage Strategic Tensions

One of the challenges of being a CEO is that you rarely are asked to choose between a wrong or right answer. Instead, chief executives are often presented with two “right” answers, but one is slightly worse. Strategy, after all, is about tradeoffs — choosing where to focus. At the strategic level, picking a slightly better option can create tremendous value. Pick the slightly worse one and the consequences can be far reaching. This article discusses how CEOs should actively manage five specific tensions in today’s complex global business environment.

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Executive Summary of Japan Summit: Future Works

The Economists's Japan Summit: Future Works took place in Tokyo on October 21st 2016. Leaders in politics, business and academia gathered at the Summit to discuss coming changes to the world of work, and examine how these might help re-boot Japan's growth.

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Stand-Up Pouches Leading Packaging Trends

Steady demand for lower-cost, durable space-saving containers has compelled the consumer packaged goods industry (CPG) to devise newer, more innovative products capable of enhancing brand vitality while boosting customer appeal. Among the packaging concepts exhibiting the strongest growth are flexible, stand-up pouches. more (see page 15)

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Reflections from TU Automotive Munich Nov 2016 - #TUEurope

The new mobility revolution is firmly underway. From sharing, autonomy and sustainability to what’s in a mobility brand, London partner Ashish Khanna reflects on the key messages from the TU-Automotive Europe Conference in this LinkedIn article.

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9 Trends That Will Carry Genomics Into 2020 (And Beyond)

Remarkable advances in genomics technologies bring the promise of extraordinary changes in healthcare — and some of those changes are arriving now. What’s unfolding are nine trends that we think will shape the life science markets in this accelerating genomics revolution.

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To Get More Value from Your Data, Sell It

Today, companies in almost every industry are generating another valuable byproduct: data. Seemingly mundane accounting systems and customer databases now yield the raw materials that can be transformed into lucrative new services. But too few companies are capitalizing on the opportunity. Generating new revenue from byproducts of data — and also existing products and services — is an example of what we call an “edge opportunity.”

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Absent an “Edge,” the Best M&A Strategy May Be Abstinence

Imagine the president of your largest business unit slips into your office at the end of the day. As you know, margins are down and she’s sweating blood for every iota of market share. Now she has a proposal for a bold move that could take the company to the next level.

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The New World of Mini Consumer Packaged Goods

What do 7.5-oz Coke “mini cans,” Heinz “Fridge Fit” ketchup bottles and Campbell’s Ready-to-Serve soups have in common? All are food-packaging innovations borne out of consumer demand, as well as customers’ willingness to pay extra for unique features and benefits that have ultimately led to profitable bottom-line growth in flat or declining categories. In many instances, these breakthrough concepts required only minor changes to existing packaging and size, yet paid major dividends in terms of added convenience.

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Brexit: What are the Implications for UK Debt Management?

Now that the dust from the referendum is beginning to clear, the financially-minded are also starting to clarify their thoughts on what a Brexit may mean for industries beyond the major banks, including debt management. While the overall economic picture is unclear, and will remain so for some time, by looking at the history of debt markets across Europe, it is possible to identify some likely outcomes. In this article for Arrow Global’s UK August Newsletter, L.E.K. Partners Eilert Hinrichs and Peter Ward discuss the four main areas of potential impact from Brexit.

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